We had the good fortune of connecting with Chase Dobbins and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Chase, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
When it comes to starting my own business it was always a no brainer for me, I’ve always been an out the box type of person in a sense some could say unorthodox but I would say unconventional genius. I have always had the mentality of the get it myself type of person, plus I was raised with the idea of not expecting anything to come easy or be done right if I didn’t do it myself. Everything I do comes from a place of passion and growth as well as spreading that energy to those around me. When it comes to SLVR CRWN I looked at fashion over the years and being in the Hip-Hop environment my whole life we get conditioned to think big brands are equated with the status people have not really knowing that these brands we idolize could actually care less about the person who’s wearing the clothes. Speaking only of myself I take pride in knowing what I stand for and I strive to make those messages clear in my branding, marketing, the clients that I attract with the purpose of giving people hope, I’ve always seen myself as a Hope Dealer, someone who gives voice to the voiceless so when it came to my business I saw it as something bigger than myself in hopes to inspire future generation to achieve their dreams and goals. Back to my process though my thoughts were pretty simple create a symbol of hope for people, give someone something to believe in and inspire greatness in everyone I came across. I believe we all are Kings & Queens of ourselves so once we embody that we become unstoppable. SLVR CRWN aims to leave an untarnished legacy, that’s the breakdown of it all, Silver doesn’t tarnish and is always seen as second best or not good enough and the Crown is a symbol of greatness and royalty so bringing it together created SLVR CRWN. It will be bigger than just fashion, its going to change the world when enough people believe in the vision, when people realize they are the bag and secure that first everything else will fall into place.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Oddly enough I’d say I’m pretty good with words when it comes to something creative like music and poetry but when it comes to talking about myself its always been a little bit of a struggle because I’m always so focused on biggin’ up others and inspiring others to do great things so I guess that would be something you could say that sets me apart from others. I feel like my surroundings in the city are very dog eat dog so I’m the type that sees every opportunity as a chance for us all to eat and strive not just me. That’s something I’m oddly proud of, that and my ability to freestyle stories in rap/poetry form I’d say are a few things I’m really proud of.
Being an optimist/realist is a challenge I try and overcome daily, it comes from a combination of inspirations I’ve kinda channeled together into a bigger purpose like Malcolm X moving with the mentality of by any means necessary blended with the mentality of why not me when It comes to achieving anything sprinkled with a quote I’ve always loved from 2Pac which was “I’m not saying I’m gonna rule the world or I’m gonna change the world, but I guarantee you that I will spark the brain that will change the world. And that’s our job, It’s to spark somebody else watching us.” all of that combined is the fuel that drives me daily.
Some thing that was a very hard lesson to learn was not everyone is here for you, there will always be someone who wants to be where you are, have what you have, and question your intentions. I’m a nice person by nature and I don’t do things expecting anything in return and that a hard things for society to accept and understand. I spent years feeling like something had to be wrong with me because I’m not the type that accepted when I go places. Once I stopped looking for acceptance and understanding on who I am and how I move I just started to become the energy I wanted around me and that attracted the core group that rocks with me and holds me down. That energy inspired me to not want to fit in but instead Shine Different, when you move that way the greatness you are destined to achieve will follow suit.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I am somewhat of a foodie so when people hang with me it’s usually us going to eat somewhere and keeping it unexpected. I am a sucker for soul food, though I haven’t tried em all but one of my go-to spots would have to be Shotcaller Street Soul Food. I’m a sucker for Mac & Cheese so if I’m not eating some that’s homemade you could probably hear me mentioning places like Stacked creating something crazy spicy.
San Diego born and raised but surprisingly enough I barely see the beach these days but I do enjoy the beach bonfires from time to time down at Ski Beach.
If folks wanted to snag a few drinks if we’re not mixing it up for a backyard boogie or a SLVR CRWN picnic you could probably catch me at Cabo Cantina or Fred’s on Taco Tuesday tipping back a few Cadillac margaritas or getting a bottle down at Oxford or happy hour at Las Hadas.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My drive for success comes from the desire of beating the odds, to avoid being a statistic. Growing up as a young kid I was expected to be only a few things, basketball player, a rapper, a drug dealer or in prison and those didn’t fly with me, though I’m a pretty good lyricist I didn’t want to just become another one hit wonder kind of guy. So once the climate change for music my creative focus shifted to creating an empire by any means necessary. I’ve had people that have always believed in my like my family, my core group who ended up becoming the face of my brand, and honestly the hate that comes from just people seeing you doing something great. When it comes to SLVR CRWN it’s definitely been fueled by my family wanting great things from me and oddly enough my guy Lyric Reddick who introduced me to your publication to just keep going by any means, I told them what I wanted to achieve and they said keep going.
Other: personal instagram is www.instagram.com/epytomme
the photo of the 3 people was taken by Jerell Devane of RellativePix Photography